Earlier this morning, a reader dropped a few screenshots into my inbox. The story involves a mother using GoFundMe to solicit donations for a custody battle. On the GoFundMe campaign, the mother pleads for help to fight her husband for custody of her children. However, screenshots obtained by my source indicate the mother is not truthful about the need for money. In fact, the mother admitted on Facebook that she needed the money to prevent her husband from vaccinating her children.
On GoFundMe the campaign is titled, “Mom trying to protect her young children,” organizer, Marilyn Shannon pleas, to help a friend in need. According to Marilyn, the mother left her husband to protect her children. She writes:
“*To protect the safety of this family we’ve opted to not disclose their identities.
Imagine the last 6 years being a stay-at-home mom. You’ve been taking care of your kids, your husband and your home. Then imagine an unsettling feeling begins. You know something is happening but you can’t put your finger on it. This feeling grows strong enough to make you flee your home with your children. As a result, you are homeless and penniless without the ability to legally protect your children. YOU HAVE NOTHING!!
The ex has access to free and unlimited legal counsel, yet you no longer have access to marital money. You scramble to get a full-time job, to apply for benefits and to find help anywhere you can. However, he has the high dollar attorney that costs him nothing and the clock is ticking. You’ve been to Legal Aid and told they will let you know if someone will take your case. You’ve been to lawyers who all want retainers, but you have no money. What would you do?”
On the surface the story is compelling. Donors that are reading the plea might feel empathy for the mother. According to the update, the mother is fleeing from a dangerous situation. The father, in this case, is withholding money and shelter from his children.
Because the mother did not work, the mother appears to helpless and desperate. She has no access to funds, can’t find a job, and her husband controls the purse strings. The mother needs a lawyer to fight her horrible husband.
Donors reading the update will naturally feel empathy for the plight of the mother. No one wants to think of a mother and her children living homeless.
Individuals flocked to the campaign to donate to the mother in need. Comments by the donors included the following:
As expected, the campaign is eliciting the reaction most people should have after reading the story. The balance on the GoFundMe has reached $2135.00 in less than a day. Based on the donations, the mother should be able to meet her $10,000 goal quickly.
Unfortunately, the campaign is not at all what it seems. Yesterday after the campaign went online, the mother took to a Facebook group, Vaccine Truth Movement, to share the link. In the post, the truth came out about why she needed the money.
The mother says, “Can you please share and donate? My husband is about to get full custody of my kids and wants to vaccinate them according to the CDC schedule. Please help me!”
Apparently, the father, in this case, wants to vaccinate his children. The mother is an anti-vaxxer and does not agree with his choice to immunize the kids. While we do not know why the mother left the father, we could deduce that the “unsettling feeling” the mother had about her husband related to vaccines.What the mother and campaign fail to mention is that parents that refuse to vaccinate are starting to get into legal trouble in custody cases. Judges in custody cases are beginning to clamp down on anti-vaccine parents. A woman in Detroit, Rebecca Bredow, lost primary custody of her child due to her refusal to vaccinate him.
A court-ordered Rebecca to vaccinate her 9-year-old son, and she refused to vaccinate him. Following the refusal, a judge ordered her to jail for five days. After Rebecca served her jail sentence, the judge reduced her custody. She and the father now share 50/50 custody.
While we do not know specifics of the custody fight between the mother and father from the GoFundMe campaign, the father is likely petitioning the court for custody related to the mother’s failure to vaccinate.
Now the mother is using a fictitious and vague story to elicit donations to fight her husband. The father is painted as evil and financially abusing the mother and kids. There is a reason to believe based on the screenshots that the father has the best interests of the children at heart.
GoFundMe fraud is “rare” according to the site, but we uncover fraudulent campaigns every single day. Clearly, this campaign is predicated on a lie. The mother only wants to protect her children from vaccines, not from their father.
Please report this campaign for fraud.
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